The word vascular comes from the Latin vascularis, meaning "of or pertaining to vessels or tubes." A vascular surgeon diagnoses and surgically treats afflictions of the human blood vessels, arteries and capillaries. She requires a high level of expert knowledge to perform the role and her salary will reflect her skill level and time taken to accrue it.
MySalary.com lists the annual average salary for a vascular surgeon practicing in the United States in 2010 to be £215,514. This tallies well with similar figures at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which, as of 2010, put the average pay for surgeons with specialities at £220,829. Actual pay will depend upon the surgeon's experience and who his employer is. Published research can also give the vascular surgeon leverage for increasing his compensation packages. He may also be liable for bonuses, depending on his employer and contract. MySalary.com, for instance, reveals that almost 10 per cent of the average vascular surgeon's salary consists of paid time off.
Specialised surgery, such as that undertaken by a vascular surgeon, is learnt only after completing several other steps in the medical field. She must secure a good bachelor's degree and then attend medical school. After graduation she will have to work as a general medical practitioner for five ears, before gaining her medical licence. At this point she can undertake special raining in vascular surgery, over a two- to four-year period in order to practice as such.
Hospitals and surgery centres are the most likely employers of vascular surgeons. As a member of the surgical team at such an institution, a vascular surgeon will be able to consult with other expert physicians and use state-of-the-art equipment. He will, however, usually be required to work long hours with a certain proportion being on call, responding to emergencies. A vascular surgeon may choose to set up a private practice, through which he can dictate his own hours. He may also wish to pursue opportunities in research or teaching.
The years until 2018 are expected to see a significant rise in demand for surgeons in all areas of specialised expertise. The BLS predicts that a large number of currently practicing surgeons will reach retirement age during that time, leaving vacancies to be filled. Compensation rates for vascular surgeons should, therefore, remain high. If a vascular surgeon is willing to work in a rural or low-income area (which traditionally have a shortfall in qualified professionals) she may increase her earning potential significantly.